Racing tip of the day

  • By: Matt Brocklebank
  • Last Updated: February 21 2014, 15:06 GMT

Mighty Mobb has the potential to win races over fences and can get off the mark at Warwick today, according to Matt Brocklebank.

Philip Hobbs: In-form trainer has a strong contender at Warwick
Philip Hobbs: In-form trainer has a strong contender at Warwick

Mighty Mobb - 3.10 Warwick

I was at Wetherby last month and although initially bitterly disappointed with the effort of Mighty Mobb when a well-held fourth in the three-mile handicap chase, time is a healer and I'm willing to give him another chance in the Gamble Family Day At Warwick Races Novices' Handicap Chase today.

No better than fifth in three novice hurdle outings last term, Philip Hobbs' seven-year-old has consequently started life over fences at the lower end of the handicap and it was no surprise to see him sent off favourite at Wetherby following a promising chasing debut second at Towcester in December.

That runner-up effort when bidding to concede 10lb to subsequent scorer Chicklemix looks the form to focus on as I believe there were excuses last time.

Perhaps 'excuses' is slightly too strong in this instance as there were certainly enough positives to take from the performance in West Yorkshire, especially when considering he was taking on older, more experienced handicappers for the first time.

Mighty Mobb ultimately weakened to finish 21 lengths adrift of winner Arc Warrior but if you take a look at the full race replay you'll see he was still tanking towards the head of affairs turning into the straight and recovered from a bad blunder three out to hold a slight advantage running down to the penultimate fence.

He jumped the last two well enough but the earlier mistake appeared to have taken more out of him than first seemed apparent and, in hindsight, it's no surprise his run flattened out close home on the stamina-sapping ground.

Conditions look a little more favourable at Warwick this afternoon, not to mention the fact he has been eased 1lb in the ratings, but the main appeal here is that he's back in novice company and should put his Wetherby experience to good use.

The stats are also encouraging - while Hobbs has yet to provide a winner for owner Trevor Hemmings this season, the Minehead handler has been firing in winners all over the place and both he (6-17) and Hemmings (2-2) have separately done extremely well at Warwick so far this term.